This year's ARS FENNICA Award was presented to the artist Mika Taanila at a ceremony at Amos Anderson Art Museum on 21.5.2015. The winner was chosen by the independent British curator and museum director in The Netherlands, Charles Esche.
This was the 22nd time the ARS FENNICA has been presented. The Award is worth 40,000 euros, for which tax-free status has been applied. An exhibition of works by Mika Taanila will be shown at Hämeenlinna Art Museum 30.10.2015-6.3.2016. An e-book of Taanilaâ€™s works, including moving images, will be published and posted on the Foundation's website for free download.
The Henna and Pertti Niemistö Ars Fennica Art Foundation was set up in 1990 to promote the visual arts, to open up new international contacts for the Finnish art world, and to encourage artists in their creative work.
The Ars Fennica art award is made annually to one artist in recognition of distinctive artistic output of high merit. The award includes a monetary prize of 40,000 euros, a catalogue of works by the winner and an exhibition tour of three Finnish art museums. The Ars Fennica is an internationally respected award and the biggest Finnish prize for visual art.
The Ars Fennica award committee puts up a list of candidates, from among whom an international art expert chooses the winner. As well as Finns, other Nordic, Baltic and St Petersburg artists have been short-listed. The prize committee consists of Leena Niemistö, MD, Doctor of Medicine, Chair; Markus Kåhre, sculptor; Elina Merenmies, painter; and Pirkko Siitari, museum director.